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West From the Cradle
by Brigid Amos
Travis Cooper was never meant to be a prospector. But when shopkeeper Raymond Hillerman shows him a copy of the California Star in the fall of 1848, one shining word jumps off the page: GOLD! That one word changes everything.
Undersized and bookish, Travis isn’t the sort who would leave his home in Missouri to make the perilous journey west to California. Not much help on the farm, he’s certainly not likely to take up the backbreaking work of a gold miner. Besides, it’s his older brother Jonas that Mr. Hillerman has hired as his partner in the diggings. But when their father is injured, Jonas must stay behind to work the farm, and Travis sets out on the trail in his brother’s place.
Along with adventure comes danger, and Travis discovers that staying alive is more difficult than he ever imagined. Keeping his partner from getting himself killed may be downright impossible…